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Sing You Home Paperback – 19 Jan 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144472455X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444724554
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She is a master of her craft and humanity is what Picoult does best (Telegraph)

Picoult gives her readers all the virtuosic plotting, cliffhangers and twists they've come to expect (Daily Mail)

Jodi Picoult takes a controversial and provocative subject and uses it as a backdrop to a touching and emotional drama (Sunday Express)

You can always rely on Jodi Picoult to spin a riveting read around an issue of our times (Good Housekeeping)

Superb (The Times)

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You can't choose who you love . . . Jodi Picoult's powerful and gripping number one bestseller asks what it takes to make a family in today's world.

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....when people say.." I couldn't put this book down" what do you do? I raise my head to the ceiling and think 'ok, right', now I am going to say the same thing! I really couldn't put this book down. I love this author anyway,but with this novel I stayed up to finish it, I was so tired the next day, but well worth it.

I won't give out about the storyline as too much has been written about it anyway, its well worth your time and money to purchase this book, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
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It really irks me when Picoult's books are described as 'courtroom dramas' or said to be 'formulaic' because believe me, they are so much more than that. Her books are always a compelling blend of ethical dilemmas, gritty drama, moral issues and above all else, stories with a heart and an unexpected twist in the tale. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, something else is thrown at you that leaves you wondering just what will happen next. For me, this is the strongest Picoult book yet, which is no mean feat because I didn't think she'd ever be able to top the sheer brilliance that was 'Nineteen Minutes.'

I loved this novel. It's hard to say too much without giving away any of the plot, but I will say that it focuses on the true to life issues of the heartbreak of losing a baby, the struggles of IVF, same sex relationships and religion- a real mixed bag of engrossing topics! That's the main point of this novel: it feels real. Very real. In fact, it upset me at points because it felt so true to life and was written so compassionately on the certain situations and scenarios.

Picoult as ever, has really done her research and crafts a beautiful tale with incredibly drawn characters with believable flaws and personalities; it had me turning the pages wanting to know more about them and their lives and left me unable to put this down. As an atheist myself, I did find it a bit overdone on religious sentiment at time, but it did work with the stories theme and characters actions. I also liked how she incorporated certain current happenings to make the story even more believeable; i.e. at one point she had members of the Westborough Baptist Church in there, which added a completely realistic slant to events and happenings. Nobody quite writes like Jodi!
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This is a book of two parts. The main part - Zoe and Vanessas' relationship is written beautifully. Picoult writes an sympathetic and unsentimental (although romantic) picture of the pair. She also highlights the bigotry of some church movements towards gay people.

The other part is about Zoe's incompetence as a music therapist. She seems to wander around with her acoustic guitar like a travelling minstrel. She has no hesitation about diving, univited, into the rooms of dying children and older men to seemingly play them the wrong tunes. Her relationship with the suicidal teenager is just bizarre and her treatment methods unlikely to achieve anything but more likely to make the situation worse. This part of Picoult's writing slides into the mawkish. She is often overly tempted to slip into aphorisms that seem to be straight out of a self-help book.

I worry that Picoult tries too hard to hit the right 'buttons' to produce emotional effect. I know, though, that I am in a minority here and appreciate that many appreciate this book very much. For me, it was not one of Jodi's best.
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Firstly, I should say that I love Jodi Picoult's writing and have read all of her books. I know she has some predictable plot patterns and follows a formula but even this isn't enough to put me off most of the time, since the stories and her indepth research tend to outshine that.

Maybe that is why I am so disappointed with this book. It is still very easy to read and enjoyable, don't get me wrong, but I was frustrated throughout and felt cheated on finishing it. It's difficult to explain thoroughly without giving too much a way, but lets just say that there are A LOT of cliches, plot holes and things that just seem a little far-fetched, on top of an obvious attempt to follow her successful formula. So many lifechanging decisions are made in a very short space of time, as if to enable Picoult to cram all her themes into one story. Moreover, some of these things just seem a 'convenient' way to get from A to B and are quickly forgotten - one of them being a character called Lucy, possibly the most interesting character in the book, who we hear nothing of at the end (and no, I don't think this is some intentional plot device).

The main characters are weak and flimsy, their behaviour a lot of the time seems off par, and I never really sympathised with any of them; in fact, at times they just bugged me. The lesbian issue seemed to be viewed through rose tinted spectacles, naive and a little too neat and tidy for me. The religious aspect felt double standard much of the time and each point of view too clear cut. Even the theme of motherhood and IVF that is central to the book seemed superficial and, although the ideas for a great story were there, it never really felt like it achieved all that it could have.
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